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Business Studies and Law

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: NM11
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Want to be a lawyer with a commercial awareness, or a business leader with a keen eye for legal matters? This programme combines law with business management.

Our 3-year BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and Law gives you a clear understanding of the interface between business activity and the legal framework within which it operates.

It prepares you for business careers with a legal dimension, developing insight and transferable skills that set you apart in a competitive job marketplace. You’ll also be able to pursue a legal career through further study after graduation, with the advantage of additional commercial knowledge.

You’ll learn from sector leading academics and seasoned business experts, and qualified solicitors and barristers with a wealth of real world experience. Law has an increasing influence on many aspects of business.

It governs, for example:

  • contractual arrangements
  • employment protection
  • consumer protection
  • many aspects of accounting and finance

Also available as a four-year course including a sandwich placement year.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations, dependant on your chosen modules.

Why Bradford?

With a wide range of optional modules available from across the Faculty of Management and Law undergraduate provision, you’ll be able to tailor your studies to emerging areas of interest and career aspirations.

You will be taught by expert academics from across both business and law, and our practical and applied teaching will ensure you graduate a highly skilled and employable professional. We have connections with an array of top law organisations in Bradford and the surrounding area, and as a student you'll benefit from guest lecturers, networking, work experience opportunities, and mooting competitions.

We develop these partnerships to provide you with the best up-to-date education and to help boost your career opportunities.

You can get involved in the editorial work of the Bradford Student Law Journal - a student-run, peer reviewed journal based at the School of Law. The primary function of the journal is to promote student research, reflection and writing.

Run by students for students, the Law Society is a great way to socialise with your peers and to expand your learning outside the classroom. The Law Society hosts and participates in a range of internal and external mooting competitions, giving students a chance to practice their skills in conditions which simulate a courtroom setting.

Students learn how to analyse problems, research the law, prepare written submissions and present their arguments. The Law Society holds regular social events, and hosts a popular annual Law Ball.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This programme has been specifically designed to allow you to study law and business in combination to provide a genuinely interdisciplinary degree. It enables you to study key law modules which give you a good grasp of general legal skills and principles and also to study business and management modules which give you an insight into one or more specific areas of that discipline.

Year One:

  • Legal Relationships, Sources and Institutions (20 credits) core
  • Business Law and Ethics (20 credits) core
  • Operations and Information Systems Management (20 credits) option
  • People, Work and Organisations (20 credits) option
  • Introduction to Accounting (20 credits) option
  • Foundations of Marketing (20 credits) option
  • Principles and Practices of International Business (20 credits) option
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits) option
  • Finance & Accounting for Managers (20 credits) option
  • Business Economics (20 credits) option

Year Two:

  • Law in a Global Context (20 credits) core
  • Law in the Community 1 (20 credits) core
  • The Law of Tort (20 credits) core
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) option
  • Financial Management (20 credits) option
  • Financial Accounting (20 credits) option
  • Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits) option
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
  • Understanding Consumers (20 credits) option

Year Three:

  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (20 credits) option
  • Current Issues in International Business (20 credits) option
  • Consumer Insight (20 credits) option
  • International Accounting and Reporting (20 credits) option
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits) option
  • Reward Development and Talent Management (20 credits) option
  • Product and Corporate Brand Management (20 credits) option
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
  • Interactive Services Marketing (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) option
  • Services Operations Management (20 credits) option
  • Taxation (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary issues in Economics (20 credits) option
  • Project Management (20 credits) option
  • European Business and Management (20 credits) option
  • Auditing (20 credits) option
  • Strategic Management (20 credits) option
  • Land Law (20 credits) option
  • Commercial Law (20 credits) option
  • Competition Law (20 credits) option
  • Banking and Finance Law (20 credits) option
  • Law in the Community 2 (20 credits) option
  • Equity and Trusts (20 credits) option
  • Law Dissertation (20 credits) option
  • Employment Law (20 credits) option
  • Company Law (20 credits) option
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits) option
  • Criminal Law (20 credits) option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in assessment of your work. For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies. Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford Faculty of Management and Law you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading global institutions.

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

95% of our 2016 School of Law graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

The growing importance of law has created new job opportunities in careers that link business and law.

Career opportunities exist in general management, banking and finance, journalism, teaching, legal executive and paralegal professions.

Among the organisations recently to have employed our graduates are Bradford Council and Halifax Magistrates’ Court.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 School of Law graduates was £17,111.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support. Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact. The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.


Many staff are research active. You will benefit from research-informed teaching, and have the opportunity to develop and use practical research skills and methodologies.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,950

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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